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You Can’t Fight City Hall. But Maybe You Can Fight Google.

March 10, 2020

Big decision on Sidewalk Labs coming up in May, 2020. We support Sidewalks Labs' ideas... but with a little more transparency and citizen inclusion on data privacy. We hope Sidewalk gets approved!!

NSW Government launches NSW Spatial Digital Twin

February 24, 2020

By William Maher

The New South Wales Government launched the NSW Spatial Digital Twin, a digital representation of 8,500 square kilometres in Western Sydney.

Anyone can use a web browser to view the virtual environment, though authorized users can log-in for access to additional data sets. 

The virtual environment is one of largest of its type, according to the NSW Government. It includes more than half a million buildings, 20,000 km of roads, 22 million trees and 7,000 strata plans.

Sidewalk Labs Digital Innovation Appendix

The Digital Innovation Appendix (DIA) provides updates to the Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP) which reflects the Threshold Issues resolution process. The DIA also provides further detailed information on the digital innovation proposals included in the MIDP, and provides an overview of Sidewalk Labs' approaches to responsible data use and inclusive design...

Toronto’s smart city project shows public trust in Big Tech is in trouble

December 09, 2019

​Public trust in Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple (GAFA) has never been lower and evidence suggests a wave of regulation will soon be unleashed against tech companies.


Data privacy is not disappearing as a dominant urban concern in the global environment, not for Silicon Valley, not for would-be smart cities around the world and certainly not for government regulators.


GlobalData’s recent Data Privacy report – by its Thematic Research team – warns that Big Tech’s golden age of light-touch regulation, strong political alliances and near immunity from prosecution is coming to an end.

Creating Smart Cities of the Future

PWC's point of view on a 3-tier development model for the digital transformation of citizen services.

The development of smart cities around the world is gathering pace, with the total value of the global smart city market projected to exceed US $1 trillion by 2020 and US $2.5 trillion by 2025. As this growth continues, one of the most important and dynamic aspects of smart cities is the evolution of the roles and relationships between the key participants involved in envisioning and creating them.

Digital twins – what, why and how?

November 27, 2019

By beca.com

A digital twin is a high-fidelity representation of the real-world that looks like, behaves like and is connected to the real world, to improve understanding for decision making. 
– Stephen Witherden, 2017.

The benefits of being able to plan, design and operate a ‘living, breathing’ replica of your asset are multiple!  Here are just a few:

  • Reduced capital spend and maintenance costs

  • Higher OEE / more output

  • Lower disturbance risk / better asset resilience 

  • Lower operating overhead 

  • Improved return on investment 

  • Better risk management 

  • Better customer service 

  • Improved health and safety training and systems 

The Future of Smart Cities with 3D Technologies

By Shoji Nozaki, Technical Director, 3DS Business Transformation Japan, Dassault Systemes K.K.

Agenda includes:

Dassault Systemes Overview
Smart City (Virtual Singapore)
Smart Mobility (AKKA Technology + Rennes City)

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